Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve - looking out to the landscape of the North West Highlands from the Rock Room Visitor Centre.

Beinn Eighe and Loch Maree Islands National Nature Reserve - a view of the Celtic rainforest at this internationally important woodland and upland reserve.

St Cyrus National Nature Reserve - looking from the cliff tops along the coast at this nationally important coastal reserve.

Glencoe National Nature Reserve - view of Stob Dubh from Stob Coire Raineach.

Loch Leven National Nature Reserve - panorama of Loch Leven and the Lomond hills from a bird hide near Kinross.

Visiting National Nature Reserves – Covid-19 update

National Nature Reserves are special places for wildlife and people. As Scottish Government COVID-19 restrictions ease, we look forward to welcoming more of you back.

Many of our sites have been very busy recently, especially at weekends, we recommend you check before visiting and have an alternative plan or two in place so if you turn up and the car park is full you can go somewhere else. Facilities on some sites have not yet reopened so please check and plan ahead before you leave home.

For the latest information on what is and isn’t open on individual reserves and how busy they are please check with the site managers – there are links to their website from each individual NNR listing on this website. Or if you know who manages the reserve you can check on their websites:

To help you have the best experience on our reserves, please remember that it is your responsibility to:

  • Be kind and respectful to others.
  • Be prepared to go somewhere else if your destination is too crowded.
  • Leave no trace of your visit – take your litter and dog waste away with you and dispose of it responsibly, or in your bin at home.
  • Maintain physical distancing – stay at least 2 metres away from other people
  • Keep your dog under proper control. Don’t let it approach other people, livestock or wildlife.
  • Be alert in spells of hot, dry weather and do not light fires – including barbecues.

Please always follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.


National Nature Reserves (NNRs) are truly inspiring places where you can experience the incredible sights and sounds of our natural world. You’ll find NNRs throughout Scotland, and you’re welcome to visit and enjoy them.

Most reserves have nationally or internationally important habitats and species. Visitor facilities are carefully designed so you can make the most of your visit without disturbing the wildlife or habitats. Trails and information displays – and perhaps a visitor centre or wildlife watching hide – will help you discover what makes each NNR special.